By: Abbey Lipcsik
WILMINGTON, Ohio – Autumn Osgood set new program standards in the Terriers' 18-9 victory over the Wilmington Quakers on Saturday. The senior recorded her 100th career goal, making her the first Terrier in program history to achieve the honor.
"The entire team could not be more proud of Autumn's accomplishment," said head coach Brianne Dishong. "She has given every current and future Terrier something to strive for. We look forward to seeing how far she can push herself and continue her record-setting season."
Both teams opened the match with strong offensive performances. After two goals by Wilmington in the first two minutes, the Terriers answered back with four goals of their own to take a 4-2 lead with 13:40 left in the half. In addition to Osgood 100th goal, Sierah Ray scored two of the goals, while Katelyn Slomovitz followed with one.
After both teams exchanged one goal apiece (5-3), Wilmington's Clara Blaine and Rachel Reinhart both tallied a goal to tie the game at five at the 1:57 mark.
The Terrier defense came into play in the final minutes of the half, holding the Quakers scoreless. Hiram then managed to rack up two more goals thanks to Osgood and Slomovitz to take a two-goal lead going into halftime (7-5).
Back-and-forth scoring continued in the start of the second half, with each team scoring two goals within the first five minutes of the half (9-7).
A spark then ignited the Terriers, fueling an 8-0 scoring run to give Hiram their largest lead of the match (10) with 13:01 remaining (17-7). Osgood and Alexis Hirsch each scored two, while Alyse Gillentine, Slomovitz, Ray and Kayla Jenkins also added one goal apiece.
As the match came to a close, the Quakers made last-minute attempts to chip away at the Terrier lead. Wilmington managed to score two more goals, but another goal from Slomovitz secured the win for Hiram.
Osgood continues to lead the Terrier offense. The senior notched a team-high six goals over the course of the match, while Slomovitz followed with four, marking a new season-high. Ray and Hirsch also added three goals.
As a team, Hiram also recorded a new program-best start to their season. With the win, the Terriers now stand at 2-1, which is the first time it has ever been done in the program's existence.
Hiram will look to add another win to their record next Thursday, March 23 when they host the Thiel Tomcats at 7 p.m.